At age 14, a family friend who came to visit us saw me studying my books and asked what I would want to be in the future. I said, pharmacist and medical doctor. She screamed, “are you not aware that you are a girl child?” Nne you cannot achieve that as a Nigerian girl” I smiled, and that was it!
I felt challenged to achieve those, regardless; the passion was too much for being a “girl child” to stop.
After my diploma in science laboratory technology, I proceeded for pharmacy and graduated as the best in my class and school as well, not just a valedictorian but also the first international student to give that speech in over 66 years of my school’s existence.
But I didn’t feel fulfilled, I went further to complete my medical degree, achieved a lot of academic excellence award in the process.
Today I am not just a pharmacist and medical doctor; I am also a laboratory technician.
I have recently started exploring weight management program which I find so exciting.
I am glad I didn’t listen to our family friend who told me otherwise as “girl child”. I have not yet arrived, but I am proud of where I am now.
Dear “girl child “reading this post, I want to remind you; you are unstoppable. Dream, work towards it and someday you will be happy you did.
This story is to inspire you not to give up on your dreams and give everything desirable to achieve your ambitions.
Enjoy your day.
By Ifeyinwa Ezeudu
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